ISL title now a two-team race – What was once a four-team race for the ISL title has come down to two. This is the last week of the season for the ISL, with Governor’s and Belmont Hill tied for first with just two losses. Governor's and Belmont Hill have just two games left, with the latter having the tougher schedule. Belmont Hill’s final game is against third-place BB&N.
Norwood upsets Walpole – Before May 20, Walpole hadn’t lost a game since April 4, but it lost to Norwood, 2-1, on the road. Not an embarrassing loss by any means, but not what coach Bill Tompkins was looking for a week before the tournament seeding is announced. The Rebels are still heavy favorites heading into the postseason, but their momentum was halted by the Mustangs.
North Reading no longer undefeated – The Rebels weren’t the only Globe Top 20 powerhouse to get upset. North Reading’s undefeated-season hopes were dashed on the road against Masconomet May 18. The Hornets fell, 2-1, to their Cape Ann League rival thanks to Speros Verinos’s complete-game one-hitter. Coach Frank Carey is as veteran a skipper as you can ask for, so the Hornets are likely to move past the loss come tournament time.
Medford and Everett share GBL title – The Mustangs finished as GBL champions for the first time in 12 seasons -- but they’ll have to share trophy custody with rival Everett. Medford clinched a share by beating Everett, 6-4, on May 13. The Crimson Tide did rebound against Cambridge last Monday, however, winning, 7-2. Thanks to that victory, there are GBL co-champions.
MIAA seeding just one week away – Next Tuesday around 3 p.m., the MIAA will release its tournament seedings. The postseason is creeping closer, and the seedings give us another reason to get excited.
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